Wednesday, February 4, 2015

We Love Calhoun County

The word is out, and people are coming from across the southeast, United States and around the
world to find adventure in Calhoun County. Whether interested in arts, outdoor activity like kayaking or biking, history and more, Calhoun County has it all. Accessible train, I-20, major highways, a greyhound station and bike trails, it’s a short trip from everywhere. Calhoun County is an escape into nature with the mountains, rocks, trails and streams, but it also has conveniences with growing modern, metropolitan municipalities, rich with culture, restaurants, activity and attractions. Calhoun County, is not only a place for visitors. We have great businesses,
diverse industries, cutting edge educational opportunities, and a region of progressive communities with strong economies that still retain their small town Southern charm and friendliness. Such appeal makes Calhoun County, Alabama a place one enjoys calling home. The county offers an abundance of cultural and recreational opportunities for people of all ages – museums, theater, symphony, opera, ballet, fishing, golfing, relaxing at the parks, and much more. We love Calhoun County! We’re proud to call it home!
It's A Short Drive from Everywhere
Situated along I-20, nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian, Calhoun County is near perfect. If one were to throw a dart to choose a destination for natural attractions and historical significance, Calhoun County would be a bull’s eye every time. Almost halfway between Atlanta and Birmingham, Calhoun County isn’t far from Tennessee, Georgia, Florida or Mississippi. The Southern Hospitality here is unmatched, and the setting seems ideal.

Upcoming Events

Iron Mountain Challenge
The 22nd annual Iron Mountain Challenge, previously the Woodland-Calhoun Century Challenge, is a non-competitive bike ride along Northeast Alabama’s historic Ladiga Trail and through the climbs of the Talladega National Forest and Long Leaf National Wildlife Refuge. Ride lengths range from 25 to 100 miles depending on rider preference and skill level. The ride starts March 28, 2015 at 7:30 a.m. at the Anniston Aquatics & Fitness Center. Registration is available online or day-of at 6:30 a.m.

Noble Street Festival & Sunny King Criterium
On March 28, come enjoy the Noble Street Festival and the Sunny King Criterium, free to the public, thanks to the generous support of the sponsors.  Watch the pro bike races, enjoy the live music, browse the local arts, participate in the kid’s bike safety clinic, and generally “hang out” all day beginning at noon. You will get hungry, and that’s when you’ll want to visit one or more of our area’s favorite restaurants that will be stationed under tents on Noble Street. For more information, visit

Cheaha Challenge
On May 17, the 2015 Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA rides uphold the tradition of excellence established 23 years ago, "the toughest ride in the South." Beginning in Jacksonville, the Cheaha Challenge Gran Fondo Century & ULTRA provide a variety of distance choices - 24, 44, 62, 84, 100 and the ULTRA - 124 miles (200K). The century ride includes 9,714 feet of climbing including the top of Alabama, and the ULTRA, for experienced riders only, encompasses all major climbs in our area, for a total of 11,733 feet of climbing. For more information, visit

Knox Concert Series
As one of Alabama’s premiere presenting organizations, this annual concert series brings world renowned artists to the Anniston Performs Arts Center Stage between September and April. Previous performers include Vince Gill and Amy Grant, Marvin Hamlisch, Chicago and more! For more information, visit

Oxford Performing Arts Center presents The Glenn Miller Orchestra
This February 6th show features over 40 hit songs from four decades of jukebox chart toppers! “Tuxedo Junction,” “In The Mood,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo” and “Moonlight Serenade” were all major hit records. Miller played to sell out crowds, and his music constantly dominated the airwaves from 1938-1942. Other upcoming shows include: A Rockin’ Valentine’s Tribute to the King, Buddy- The Hit Broadway Musical- The Buddy Holly Story, The Vienna Boys Choir, James Gregory- The Funniest Man in America, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Menopause the Musical, and the Issacs.

Cast presents The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
February 12th  through 22nd, the Community Actors Studio Theatre presents C. S. Lewis’ the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Other performances scheduled include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare- Abridged, Oklahoma, and Seussical Jr. For more information, visit

JSU Drama Presents A Year with Frog and Toad
Based on the books by Arnold Lobel and nominated for 3 Tony® awards, this show follows two great friends through all four seasons as they learn what it means to be best friends. For more information, visit

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